I thought Tennessee beer laws were fooked, but wow! I specifically rented a car and drove 8 hours to PA (instead of flying, when my company would pay for either) so as to get a good sampling of the great PA craft beer loaded up in my trunk. Little did I know you have to buy a fookin case of anything unless your in a bar or brewery. I passed on the whole expedition, as I didna wan ta be saddled with the possibility of 24 Erie Brewing type beers, if you know what i mean.
Swung by the place some time ago while in the area. Very impressive beer selection, but to this out-of-stater a drag only by the case (I blame PA not the store though). Warehouse setting, friendly service. If you know you really like a beer you can find it here.
Very cool store just off 581. They boast the largest selection in central PA and I have no trouble believing them. Lots of great stuff here, lost abbey, ale smith, cool imports very nice. The beer I saw wasn’t always fresh though so check dates (no problems for the stuff that sells but the expensive stuff seemed old - not really surprising when you have to buy beer by the case). The staff was friendly and helpful. Very cool place. Their ID scanner works with Canadian IDs too.
Since I have lived in this area my entire life I am very familiar with Westy’s. Having just noticed that I hadn’t yet reviewed them I set out to rectify that situation immediately. I stopped in earlier today to pick up a case of beer for this weekends festivities and I spent a little extra time looking around. Simply put, you are not going to find a better selection of cases and kegs within an hour or so drive. Everything from Cigar City, Lost Abbey, The Bruery, and even a bunch of Belgians. They even offer quite a few "rarer" kegs for take out purchase. Not every day you see four different kinds of Bruery beers available in kegs to the general public. The quality has been greatly improved over the last few years. I remember when I first got into craft beer I bought a case of 90min. from Westy’s and it was four months past its "Best By" date. I understand it is my bad for not noticing when I bought it but at least check them every three months. Swing back to today and I noticed none of those problems. Everything was fresh and well within its "Best By" dates so kudo’s to them for stepping it up. As far as the atmosphere and the service go, it is pretty good. On one occasion you may seem them act like total jerks to people and on the next they are the nicest guys on the planet. I have always had good experiences with them but I know a few others who would say otherwise. Overall Westy’s is a great beer distributor with one of the best selections I have come across. I am glad they are so close by, even tho I don’t buy very much beer by the case.
Great selection of hard-to-find beers. Helpful workers who are knowledgable about what they have, what they can get, and what is coming in. Prices are fair. I make sure to stop in any time I’m out in the area.